Agribusiness, Food & Beverage

In agricultural chemistry, for instance in the production of fertilizers and pesticides, a high level of production quality and process reliability is required. Due to their high nutrient input into nature, nitrogen and phosphate compounds are of particular importance.

In the food and beverage industry, water is used for cleaning and hygiene, as an ingredient or component and in handling processes, such as cooling and heating. The monitoring and control of all processes is necessary to detect product losses at an early stage and to ensure product quality.

Types of Water

  • Process water
  • Surface water
  • Drinking water
  • Boiler feed water
  • Condensate return
  • Industrial waste water
  • Discharge control

Product Quality and Process Safety as Result of Monitoring and Control of Processes

From an ecologic and economic point of view the reuse of water is becoming of increasing importance within processing operations in the food and beverage industry as the recycled water reduces costs as well as reducing the demands made on the water supply. To ensure water quality several parameter have been defined such as total organic carbon (TOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD).

Generally, the source for water used is drinking water as it is fit for human consumption and is principally free of contaminants that endanger human life. However, dependent on the stage in the food or beverage production, water of differing qualities may be implemented for a wide range of purposes.

Examples of the different fields of application:

  • In crop production water is used for irrigation purposes.
  • In livestock farming water is needed for keeping livestock (e.g. drinking), the hygiene of animals and for the cleaning of equipment (e.g. milking equipment).
  • In the beverage industry water is often used as an ingredient as well as cleaning agent.

In agribusiness water is used

  • in crop production (e.g. farming),
  • for cleaning and sanitation,
  • as an ingredient or component of a product,
  • as well as in processing operations (e.g. cooling, heating) amongst others.

To ensure high quality production, as well as process safety, online or laboratory water analysis is of special importance.

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